Frederick “Primrose” Binseel and the Temporary Commission

As a young man, Brooklyn-born Frederick “Primrose” Binseel traveled the United States and Canada on the Vaudeville circuit before settling in Albany.

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Documenting Displacement and Dispossession

On the morning of March 27, 1962, the New York State Department of Public Works (DPW) filed two maps with the Albany County Clerk, thereby acquiring by right of eminent domain 98.5 acres in downtown Albany—part or all of 40 city blocks.

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Sleeping, Drinking, and Dying at the Palombi Hotel

On April 8, 1940, census enumerator Anthony Leone found 92 men living at the Palombi Hotel on Green Street. White, marginally employed, and predominantly native-born, they ranged in age from 28 to 76.

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